Tormented: The Andy McLaren Story

Tormented: The Andy McLaren Story

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Overview

Tormented: The Andy McLaren Story by Andy McLaren, Mark Guidi

While playing soccer for Reading in 2000, Andy McLaren failed a random drug test and was immediately banned from the sport. After working hard to overcome his addictions to alcohol and cocaine, he resurrected his career with Kilmarnock later that same year and gained his first national cap when Scotland played Poland in 2001. But what caused him to drink and use drugs in the first place? In this intimate memoir, McLaren reveals how he discovered through psychoanalysis that he had been a victim of child abuse, and how this had led him down the destructive path of drug and alcohol abuse. From his contemplations of suicide to the shocking revelations from his past, this is a powerful, honest tale of a man whose career never hit the heights of his true potential and athletic talent. One of the most revealing books written by any athlete, McLaren's remarkable life story, laced with hope and humor, will be an inspiration to men and women in every walk of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781845962746
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Andy McLaren plays professional soccer for Ayr United. Mark Guidi is the chief soccer writer at the Sunday Mail. He is the coauthor of Oranje and Blue and You Can Call Me Stan. Ally McCoist is the assistant manager for the Scottish Premier League soccer team, the Rangers.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Ally McCoist MBE     9
Driven to Destruction     13
My Childhood Torment     21
Growing Up in Castlemilk     29
The World at My Feet     37
Early Years at Tannadice     47
Lifting the Cup in '94     79
Reading     93
Testing Times     105
The Priory     115
Signing for Kilmarnock     127
Keeping it Clean     133
Capping Off My Rehabilitation     159
Back Tay Where it All Started     165
Claire - Mother to Three Boys     177
Dylan and Tyler - Making Up for Lost Time     185
Back on the Boos     191
My Gaffers     205
The Future - No More Mr Vice Guy     217

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